A bit of a blast from Microsoft’s past

Here’s a blast from the past. This month will be Microsoft’s 16th anniversary of releasing security updates [at least by the current standardization]. Time flies.

Want to know what the first bulletins was about?

MS98-001 – released in June 1998 – was about a problem related to Windows NT Server 3.1, 3.5, 3.51 and 4.0 [wow!] where the default Windows NT user rights on a domain allow non-administrative users to create domain local groups. Domain local groups reside only on the Domain Controllers. This could of allowed non-administrative users to abuse the right by creating groups that could be unnecessary, badly managed and allowing the account database to grow quite large. Could also lead to the domain controller to crash as well as excessive traffic to backup domain controls. [Reminder: These are the days of low bandwidth networks compared to today.]

Oddly, the Windows NT Server Concepts and Planning manual actually recommended non-administrative user to be allowed to create domain local groups. Of course most users would have no idea what the security permissions do.


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